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Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay tells reporters in the Minnesota Capitol Thursday that he hopes a new state law increasing penalties for selling synthetic drugs will help to clean up his city's downtown. With him is Rep. Kerry Gautheir of Duluth. Don Davis | Bemidji Pioneer

Law expands illegal synthetic drugs

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ST. PAUL - More synthetic drugs will be illegal under a law taking effect Wednesday, and a state agency will be able to act faster to make newly developed versions illegal.

Still, as makers of the so-called "designer drugs" continue to change chemical formulas to skirt the law, there will be lags between when a new drug is released and it is declared illegal.

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